Florida Beer: Hoppy Anniversary, A Year Of Due South Beers
Category 3 IPA
"The beer froths from the can, begging to escape, and pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a large thick beige head. This head, or foam cap, has quite the staying power, holding on half a finger thick throughout the tasting and leaving gorgeous lacing in its wake.
It has the same grassy and earthy herbal aromas, with a hint of bitter citrus. The flavor has a smooth malt body and the earthy and flowery hop taste that makes an IPA... well, an IPA. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Overall, an IPA worthy of building iterations on."
"The beer has a mild aroma of an opened orange fruit... that time when you rip the peel off and, after the initial shock of orange scent, you can smell the pithy outside. Beyond that it's fairly muted, with some of the citrus hop complimenting. It has a gorgeous copper-yellow color, clear with a tight thin head. On imbibe, I get a hint of bitter orange peel and a bit of smoothness in the body, probably from the rye additions. It holds itself up and isn't watery. I get a bit of lingering peppery hop flavor that stays for a bit in the back of the mouth."
Imperial Caramel Cream Ale
"At 8.2% abv, it's definitely a beer made for snifters. If you enjoy the base Caramel Cream, this is going to be like a flourless chocolate cake to your cupcake. It has a mild and unassuming nose when it's cool, but that opens up to a rich sweet mouthfeel that's almost syrupy, but never cloying. The fresh vanilla hits through, and it's always nice to have that non-artificial vanilla extract flavoring, which can be tiresome in most other foods. It leaves a crisp and sweet flavor after each sip. Let this one warm up, too. As it warms, the butterscotch flavors come out to battle the vanilla."
Cafe Ole Espresso Porter
"There's a good roasted malt character that transitions to something akin to very bitter dark chocolate. The whole thing is a little dry, with no overpowering hop flavor. All of the bitterness seems to concentrate on accentuating the coffee aspects rather than anything hop-like.
The mouthfeel was a little thin, but the carbonation was spot on. It's coffee as a beer."
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Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers, and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Instagram.